Media Studies

Electronic Databases

Many of the databases listed below are for use by UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff only. For information on using databases from off campus, please see the Guide for Off-campus users or Service to Distance Education Students.

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  • ABI/Inform Complete 
    A collection of three unique databases to national and international business information: ABI/INFORM Global; ABI/INFORM Dataeline; and ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry.
  • Academic Search Complete 
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text 
    "Contains the full text of articles from more than 510 key publications dating back to 1995, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, statistical rankings, book reviews and reports from associations, societies, trade shows, conferences and more. Additional content includes quality indexing and abstracts for more than 900 publications dating back to 1982, as well as over 600,000 corporate names with cross references to specific industries and countries."
  • Business Source Premier 
    Indexes and abstracts more than 2,300 business periodicals and newspapers.
  • Humanities Full Text 
    "Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals—of which 470 are peer-reviewed—dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more."
  • LexisNexis - Nexis Uni
    Provides access to 6,000 news, business, legal and reference information. Some full text.
  • SAGE Journals Online - Full text 2008-2011 only
    SAGE publishes over 470 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • Social Sciences Full Text 
    "Provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the social sciences. This resource provides detailed indexing for over 625 periodicals dating back as far as 1983—nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed. "
  • General Electronic Databases

Print Resources

  • Dictionary of Communication and Media Studies (P87.5 .W38)
  • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information (Ref P87.5 .E53 2002)
  • Encyclopedia of Television (PN1992.18 .B7 1992)
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (Ref PN4867 .G3)
  • Public Relations: The Complete Guide (HD59 .M2578 2004)

Comprehensive Sites on Communication Technologies


  • Center for Media and Public Affairs The CMPA "is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media." Site includes press releases for studies, political humor links and archives, and archives of the CMPA publicationMedia Monitor.
  • Communication Arts Network Web site of the world's largest magazine for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and multimedia designers.
  • Electronic Encyclopedia of Communication Provides information resources for different communication topics, such as media studies, health communication, conflict management, and persuasion theories.
  • Federal Communications Commission The FCC is a government agency that is directly responsible to Congress and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.
  • Media Channel A media watchdog group with a strong emphasis on international. It is concerned with the political, cultural and social impacts of the media.


  • The Center for Public Integrity: Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest This site, "dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern," provides extensive information for journalists, scholars, and citizens. Site includes Research Tools (with archives back to 1997), featured projects, and newsletters.
  • International Center for Journalists Promotes high-quality journalism worldwide through hands-on training opertunities, seminars, workshops, and international exchanges.
  • Columbia Journalism Review Online version of "America's premier media monitor - a watchdog of the press in all its forms." Site also includes past issues and journalism tools.
  • Online Journalism Review "The USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review is a professional publication about ethics and journalism issues in the Internet news publishing world." Updated weekly.
  • University Wire A daily internet news service for college newspapers. Includes story of the day, internet resources to topics concerning newspaper journalism. A gateway to other college and general circulation newspapers.


  • American Black Journal A public interest television program produced by Detroit Public Television, first aired in 1968. 36 years worth of shows have been digitized. Browsable by guest, host or theme, chronologically by decade or searchable by keyword.
  • Encyclopedia of Television More than 1,000 original essays of specific TV programs, people, and characters. Searchable by topic, A-Z.
  • Multichannel News: The Cable Industry Book-of-Record Provides a weekly summary of hottest cable news.
  • Nielsen Media Research National tracker of the public's television and media-viewing habits. Site includes information on television ratings, charts of top programming, and resources for journalists and students.
  • Television News Archive Vanderbilt University has been taping and archiving television news since August 5, 1968. Abstracts are searchable and listed by date. "The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming." Tapes are available for use, with small fee charges
  • Television Week Community newspaper that covers the television business. Site includes news, weekly ratings charts, blogs, and free e-newsletters.


  • National Public Radio Producer of noncommercial news, talk and entertainment programming. Site includes extensive news stories and program archives.
  • Old-Time Radio The history of radio shows from the beginning of radio broadcasting to the 1960's. Site covers entertaining and educational topics, including a Reference Materials section with radio program logs and database search engines.


  • American Museum of Photography A virtual museum of American photography, the site proclaims itself "A Museum Without Walls... For An Art Without Boundaries." Site includes special exhibits and a Research Center section with information on photographic processes and links to photo-history web resources.
  • International Center of Photography A museum, a school and a center for photographers and photography. Its mission is to present photography's central place in contemporary culture.
  • Museum of Photographic Art One of the few U.S. museums exclusively dedicated to the photographic arts. Site includes an historical timeline, exhibitions, a sample of the collection, film, and education resources.
  • New York Institute of Photography Although a site for the photography school, it is also a resource for anyone interested in photography. Home study courses are available. Site includes an online photo magazine and a reference shelf of past articles written on a variety of photography issues.
  • Prints and Photographs Reading Room Part of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and Research Center. This site provides reference information, collection guides, and through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, access to over one million digital images of the division's photo collection.


  • "Features news, resources, and discussion forums for the graphic design and web site creation community. "
  • Non-profit organization that provides "an online platform for the global new media art community." Site includes news and browsable art exhibitions.

Public Relations

  • All About Public Relations "Assists PR newcomers, job seekers, as well as seasoned professionals, with a collection of links and articles supporting the best aspects of public relations. " Topics include PR Toolkit, Basics of PR, Ethics, Media Relations, and more.
  • Institute for Public Relations The site of the institute, whose goal is to "document the intellectual foundations of public relations, and to make this knowledge available and useful to all practitioners, educators, researchers" includes news and collection of research articles on public relation topics.
  • Museum of Public Relations This site provides biographical exhibits of some of the early pioneers of public relations, as well as an article on the origins of the field.
  • Pew Research Center for the People and the Press "Independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, policies and public policy issues. " Site includes survey reports, commentary, news, and datasets..
  • PR Watch This site, part of the Center for Media and Democracy, publishes reports on the public relations industry in order to "recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices." Site includes past issues of its quarterly publication, and the "Spin of the Day" section offers information about allegedly misleading public relations practices.


Media Studies at UW-Platteville

  • Media Studies is now a part of the School of Business.   The Media Studies Office is located in 610 Pioneer Tower. For a listing of courses or for more information on this program, call 608.342.1627.
  • Jessica Donahoe is the Karrmann Library's liaison to the Media Studies program. Contact Jessica at 608.342.1348 for individualized consultations and/or library instruction sessions in Media Studies. Her E-mail address is

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